Bulls fans in Phoenix outchant Bulls fans in Chicago in Bulls 2OT win

Alright, I missed most of the game.  I got to watch the Bulls be utterly dominated in the first quarter, bits of the second quarter, and double over time, thus, we're a bit light when it comes to meaningful post game commentary.

What I can say is this, Phoenix Bulls fans are representing.   The "Let's go Bulls" chant in 2 OT was pretty awesome, and louder than the chants at the UC.  Pretty incredible for a road game.

With the victory, the Bulls improve to 3-2 on the road trip.   With two games left to play, the Bulls are only one win away from their first winning record on the circus trip since the Jordan era.  Their previous best was a 3-3 record in 2005.

Quick thoughts from the limited action I saw:

Joakim Noah came up with huge plays in the clutch.   To finish off the first OT, the Bulls were down by two, and Joakim Noah was the playmaker.  He found Derrick Rose on a backdoor cut for the tying basket with .1 seconds left.   In the second OT, he had a
great steal on Nash after a Bulls, then two plays
later he stripped the ball from Nash again to seal the victory.

Derrick Rose comes through in the clutch.  He started out slow,
but he hit the layup to tie the game again at the end of OT, and led the Bulls offense down the stretch.

James Johnson came in and helped change the momentum of the game.  I wonder if Johnson is going to pull a Jannero Pargo type of role for this team.  He comes in once every five games and has a big positive impact, and then the coach trusts him for the next four games causing us to be killed with him on the court.

Still, it's great to see JJ take advantage of the chances he gets, but even though he played well I'm not ready to put him back in the regular rotation unless Gibson is out.

Kyle Korver gave us what we needed.   This was the type of game that Korver is going to excel in.   Phoenix isn't a particularly good defensive team, and Korver thrives against bad defense.  Korver's offense was huge in getting the Bulls going again.

Final thoughts:
I love this team.  My favorite non-Jordan Bulls squad was the 04/05 squad when Noc, Deng, Gordon, and Duhon were rookies, and that team just came out of no where to win 47 games.   They fought so hard, never gave up, and won so many awesome games.

This team has that same feel.  Granted, we expect them to be good, but they are good.  Not only are they good, but they're entertaining to watch.   Derrick Rose amazes you with his skills, Joakim Noah wows you with his effort.  Everyone is so likable, you always feel they have a chance. 

You can tell the team is young when the primary players are playing 50 minutes after a back to back where they just played 40 minutes.

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  • I never felt the Bulls were out of this one. That seems to be the theme of the Bulls this season. You can never count them out!

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    Oh. Hell. Yeah!

    This was the win they needed on this trip to pull together. Believe it, this one's going to matter late in the year. Now, let us all be thankful for the bounty of our grimey poing guard.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Let us be thankful for our emotional leader Joakim Noah as well. Did anyone notice Noah pushing Grant Hill out of the Bulls huddle with about 10 seconds remaining, right after Hill hit that 2 with his foot on the line?
    First of all, what the hell is Hill thinking coming into our huddle? Second, don't pull that garbage with Noah around baby! He will tell you straight up to go buy a dog & get back where you belong!

    btw, lost some major respect points for Grant Hill. I know he is supposed to be the greatest guy in the NBA & the son of God or something, but he looked like a cheap artist in this game. Big time flop-o giving Rose his 6th foul, what an actress

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Yes, I noticed Noah looking at Grant Hill and pushing him out a bit. Clearly Noah was taking care of business when the other Bulls were a bit clueless.

    Noah is the player I wanted from the first time he won the NCAA Championship at Florida. Nice to see him a success.

  • Noah is a stripping machine!

  • Sometimes you hear athletes say they think they're still in it but you can tell they don't believe it and they're just going through the motions. Noah is the complete opposite of that, he's the guy you want out there in the game if it's your life on the line.

    Great fight by the Bulls, and great that Rose kept going at them even though he was obviously tired, one of his jump shots I don't think it ever got above the rim. I'm really excited to see Boozer out there, if we can just stop falling into holes where we drop 15 points in 6 minutes we can blow teams away.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Noah's THE MAN!!! The heart and soul of the team along with Derrick.

    Plus he bangs hotties!!! GO BULLS!!!

  • Go bulls!

  • Damn that was an amazing game. I tried to get an MVP chant going after the 2nd to last foul, but nobody would bite.

    Player of the game? James Johnson. Without his heart and soul in that 2nd quarter, I don't think we'd have come back. He made a couple boneheaded plays, but he was putting his all into it when everyone else was shell shocked. Once everyone else joined in, it was just a matter of time. Those foul calls at the end of regulation almost screwed it all up, though.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    spark of the game, JJ sure. Player of the game, gotta give it to Noah or Rose with the near triple double

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    You speak the truth

  • Great win I really enjoyed the way we never gave up and came back to win but man we need a upgrade at the two guard asap

  • Best Bulls Game of the Year!!!!!!

  • Also massive props to the way Thibs coached this game. He brought in the deep bench for just the right amount of time when we needed a lift but went back to the reliable players at the right times, we really adjusted defensively in the second half, he switched Noah on to Nash to protect Rose from fouling out, and that Noah to Rose play to tie it up was a great play the Suns surely wouldn't have expected.

    We would have lost this game if VDN was the coach no doubt at all.

  • Thibs best move was the play to end the first OT. Rose had a couple opportunities to finish things off himself prior to this and did not deliver. Thibs decided to take the focus away from Rose and let him finish the play rather than be responsible for the whole thing. Noah put the pass spot on, and Rose did what he does best. Great play, great win!!!

  • I really have to give Korver a big hell yeah! He really showed up to play today after laying a big egg against LA. And not just on the offensive end. His D was very solid. The play in OT where he blocked Grant Hill was flawless (too bad Hill was able to hit the second attempt with the clock running down). Great game.

  • Like you Doug I didn't watch the whole game just the 1st, 4th, and OTs...man were the Bulls going down big in the 1st! But like people are saying you can never count the Bulls out!
    Really looking forward for Boozer to come back, but without him we are doing amazing! I like others here feel that the Bulls would be undefeated at this point, or close to it, with Boozer!
    We are sure doing better then those wimps in Miami!!! LOL

  • Great win for the Bulls, like Doug didn't get to see the game in regulation but caught the2 overtime. From what seen the Bulls kept the energy going and never gave up. Rose and Noah are becoming big time in front of all of our eyes and the league and NBA fans across the country are taking a big notice. Hopefully things will continue to get better over the rest of the season and the Bulls management continue to improve this team anyway that they can. This team kind of reminds me of the 89, 90 team, that team was on the verge of being special and management brought in Cliff Livingston to put the team over the top the following year. Let's hope history repeats itself either this year or next.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Not sure if Cliff Livingston can help this team.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    I'm quite sure that he can't, why would YOU even think that he could??? However he was a big part of 2 championship teams with the Bulls in 91 and 92.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Just being an azz.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Great win that shows tis teams growth and heart. It helped that they didn't need any real power forwards, but life is about taking advantage of the breaks you get. Still, have to hope Noah, rose, and especially deng don't get burned out in November.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Amazing how fans rag on Deng when he is playing so many minutes and we expect him to a superstar which he is not. Deng is playing well within the system and unfortunately he is going up against not only good SFs but good basketball players in general.
    It is better to let JJ play through his mistakes then having no upside Bogans play. Bogans seem more suited for a bench role and being productive when he plays against 2nd tier players and an occasional feel good minutes against starters. I hope the Bulls don't neglect JJ as they did Shannon Brown,Sonny Weems, JR Smith(although a headcase) who could have been decent SGs of the bench.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Deng's play in he first half was abominable. He picked it up in the second, however, on his contract he better start showing up for 48 minutes.

    He looked like the least athletic player in the history of the NBA(non 7 footer division) in the first half.

  • carmelo who? i'm not giving up noah for nothing.

    please bench bogans

  • In reply to bullsman24:

    yup, no way Noah ever wears another NBA jersey

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    NEVER!!! Always a BULL!!!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    8-5 with the hardest strength of schedule in the nba thus far.
    http://espn.go.com/nba/stats/rpi/_/sort/SOS

    I'll take it.

    And Noah-- jesus. Remember the dallas game in the 4th where he got 2 straight offensive rebounds + put backs on missed Bulls free throws? That display of heart wasn't an anomaly-- Noah is a special special player. He pretty much put the team on his back through overtime. Sorry Rose, but Noah gets the game ball.

  • In reply to Seth:

    Absolutely, this win came on the back of JNo.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    UN-IMPRESSED:

    The Bulls should beat the Phoenix Suns.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    GO SUCK A ROCK!!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    M.O.N.

    I'm sure that would be better than what you are sucking.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    There goes Mr. Happy.....FANTASIZING again.

    .......mmm.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    evil,

    Yet you bring up the word (FANTASIZING)...mmm.

    Get some help with that.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I just fantasized about you getting hit by a bus.

    BUSINESS is GOOD......mmm.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Wow Mr Happy!!! Dr Buzzkill is in the house.

    This was a fun game to watch Happy. FUN!!! Get it???

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    REALITY CHECK:

    - The Bulls fell behind by 23 points to a weaker team.
    - Keith Bogans and CJ Watson continue to give this team no offense.
    - DRose got an easy lay-up to tie the game, but failed to hit the clutch game-winner.

    I'm happy the Bulls won, but there are still some obvious VOIDS on this team.

    The Bulls' management needs to fill those VOIDS, if they want to win a championship.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    "- The Bulls fell behind by 23 points to a weaker team."

    ...and still fought back to win. They didn't pack it in or sit on the bench with towels over their heads waiting for Thanksgiving.

    For someone who pisses and moans for his team to show HEART and EFFORT (mockingly capitalized) I thought you would be....oh, I don't know.....HAPPY.

    You should change your name to Mr. Cranky-pants.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Awesome win... to see a tired team, running only on fumes expend this kind of energy without their two best 4s... WOW. I was thinking there is no way they can keep up the energy for the 1st OT, and then again for the 2nd OT. What heart this team has!

    Beat up Korver yesterday... was great to see him sharpshooting again!

    A lot of people have beat-up Deng, but more or less, I've been a supporter. Once again, he had an underrated game. However, I finally recognized why he struggles in 4th quarters. He loses focus when he gets tired... no real news as it happens to everyone, but I really recognized it last night. He received an awesome feed from Rose for a running layup, but banged it hard off the backboard, obviously without any focus, just running through the action. Later, when he drilled the 3 in OT and afterward posed, he clearly was exaggerating his shooting form with a deep knee bend, using his whole body to launch the shot. He was clearly focused.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    im watching the 2nd quarter now...wow so much better then the 1st!
    Warrick is killing us almost singlehandely! Dang he is getting to the free throw line a ton! We need this so much more from our players to get to the line and hit your free throws!
    Awesome game from JJ, had that bad choice foul at the end of the game though but played great! I really want to see JJ get more minutes off the bench! He many times has been the spark plug of our 2nd unit and got us back in games like he did last night!

    I love this team! My friend who is a Bucks fan is hating his team!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    SETTLING:

    As I read most of these comments on here, I can't help but come to the conclusion that DOUG THONUS AND HIS BAND OF CLUELESS FOLLOWERS (that doesn't include everyone on here) is CONTENT and HAPPY with this team's performance last night.

    That my friends is what you call SETTLING.

    You can like or dislike me or my words on here, but the TRUTH of the matter is THIS TEAM IS NOT A TRUE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER . They still have VOIDS TO FILL. If you understand the game of basketball, like I do, you would notice those VOIDS, instead of being some CONTENT and HAPPY about last night's win.

    People can get excited about the way Luol Deng and James Johnson played last night, but the TRUTH is they are both still inconsistent players. Just as concerning, this team is very limited offensively at shooting guard and/or on the wing.

    I'll say it again.

    The goal is not to win 50 games and be Division champions.

    It's to be NBA CHAMPIONS...STOP SETTLING!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You call it settling...I call it excitement for the direction we're heading. We are a the top 9-10 team in the NBA, we have yet to see Boozer, we fiiiiiinally have a good coach and this is just the beginning.

    Realistically, if you're only happy with championships, you're going to be a pissy person and a pissy fan, as they don't just hand those out. At worst we can sit back and watch Rose become one of the most entertaining players in the NBA. Maybe you should be THANKFUL today......

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If the Bulls don't win the champiionship every year I'm not going to watch them or support them. Jordan won championships from the first year he was on the Bulls until he left, that is what I expect out of the Bulls no more no less. Is that asking too much?

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    I know It's a holiday but you need to stop smoking that stuff. Jordan did not win a championship every year with the Bulls. Bulls fans don't need your kind of support cause you are delusional.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reesel, my comments are meant to mock Happy and his never ending comments about settling if we enjoy watching the current Bulls team. I realize what happened during the Jordan Era but Mappy seems to think that things should happen immediately.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Hahaha oh reese1 you silly silly boy.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    I'll be the one to say it Happy stop your bitchin and shut the fuck up please. If u don't like this team go to a different teams blog. All of us hear are proud of this team and extremly excited about the win. No one here wants to hear about the shit u say So go Jack off to the trade machine and Nick Youngs picture. We should just ignore your comments because your a bum.

  • In reply to Maxima23:

    and happy thanksgiving to you.

  • In reply to Maxima23:

    I thought he jacked off to SAM Young's picture.....I guess it really doesn't matter..........:)

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reese1....WOW.....really? He was obviously kidding.....

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Reesel is Mappy Pelosi's only facebook and twitter friend.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Would now be a good time to point out that even after last season, virtually everybody predicted Noah to average about 11 & 11 which he did last year while hurt for half the season.

    I had him at 13&13 minimum and 15&15 likely.

    People who really understand the game(unlike Mappy Pelosi) are those that started the JNO bandwagon during his rookie season, those of us who screamed to kill Ben Wallace just to get him out of Noah's way, and then to drop kick Drew Gooden who was also stealing Noah's minutes.

    All NOah ever needed was to play, all I ever needed was a pair of eyes to know this.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Happy, (or should I say Captain Cranky)??

    Bulls won man, be proud. Sure, we've got voids however, more than half this team's roster are NEW PLAYERS! it takes time for things to come together and jell. All you have to do is turn your eyes toward South Beach and see the reality of that. They have 3 players that you, me and everyone else wanted. And how are things coming along? Not so great right? For a team that's meant to "destroy" our '96 Bulls record, they are falling flat on their faces in the midst of adversity.

    And to be honest, heading into this season, the only people who expected the Bulls to be a good team this season were - BULLS FANS!.. all the other media commentators said we just don't have what it takes. So in defense of Doug and his band of merry men, I wouldn't say we're settling. But I'd definitely say we are happy with the way this team has played thus far and the way our coach approaches the game to minimize our voids being exploited and playing to our strengths.

    And you know what? I agree with you, the goal isn't to win 50 games or be Div Champs - it has and always will be to win a championship! But the reality is you don't dump players together and expect these things to happen with the click of the fingers. And you know what, if we can consistently pull out performances like this where we fight back from deficits no matter the situation (irrespective of individual stats, cos a win is a win) I'd say we're developing championship habits and building the heart of a champion. And by season's end, who knows? We could very well be hoisting the trophy!! And it's for these reasons that you should be... happy :-)

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    you can't have it both ways Mr. Happy. After complaining about moral victories, you say its all about winning. They win, then you complain about how they did it.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Why do I get the feeling that if the Bulls won 81 games you'd be telling us how awful they were in the 82nd.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think the only clueless around here is you stop attacking Doug and other people. We all know this isn't a championship contender well not yet but there are maybe one or two piece away to be consider a championship consider. Doug and everyone else aware and knows that but some reason you think we are "clueless". Like I say the only clueless around here is you.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    No shit sherlock

  • In reply to pduh:

    BTW my post above was direct to Mr. Happy just for a clarification.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Reality check, the Bulls played the game without a single NBA caliber power forward.

    They sucked ass in the first, but sucked it up late in the 4rth and in overtime to over come a team that had more talent on the floor on that given night than the Bulls did.

    Mappy Pelosi must have missed her lithium dose today.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I love how this team this year is never out of any game! They keep fighting even last night even winning in double OT away against the Suns after playing with everything they had the night b4 against nba's best the Lakers and if KK and their bench would have showed up like are capable and we would of won.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Did the Bulls win? Yes they did a win is a win.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Win is a win I take a win any given moment no matter what.

  • In reply to bullsman24:

    keep stuffing the ballot box Bulls fans!

    This effort tonight proves that our Bulls deserve the effort of us at the polls

    http://www.nba.com/allstar2011/asb/eng/ballot.html

  • This is going to be a GREAT year to be a Bulls fan! And this victory will mean SO much to the team - they KNOW they're never out of it, and will play like that in every game this year. And it's a great reward for them, after close losses to Boston, San Antonio and the Lakers where they know how close they came to winning. Cool! And I like every statement they make: lose to San Antonio, ride the sting to a surprise win in Dallas. Lose to the Lakers and get up, again and again, till we kicked the Old Guy's asses. What a great win! Not perfect, gotta hit those free throws, shoulda won it in overtime, but dang, that was amazing!

    This is a tough team to beat. Our defense and rebounding make it VERY hard to score on us when it matters - let's stay healthy and keep this up!

  • I'd try to insert JJ once a game for a couple minutes

  • THIS WIN RIGHT HERE MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BULLS FAMILY!!!

  • Brewer needs to start, the Bulls need it

  • Just to emphasise this point, Hollinger's stats currently only have the Spurs, Lakers & Celtics as teams that should feel better about their championship odds right now. That's based on the play of the team without Boozer. If Boozer comes in and plays like he did for the Jazz, than damn right we should be talking championship even if we're not the favourites.

  • Good to hear. Nice note MW

  • When Boozer comes back I hope(but know that it won't happen) that Deng never plays more than 30 minutes a game.

    I'd like to see Taj get some time at 3 alongside NOah and Boozer, that could be a monster front line defensively and on the boards.

  • Phoenix is an ideal opponent for JJ's undisciplined game to thrive. In fact, he would make and ideal Suns player.

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